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The Dolphin-Human connection: Embassy or Zoo-without-walls?

By Clark Scott Taylor

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Abstract

Dolphins and humans are interacting more now than at any time in history. The challenges that arise in attempting to provide for, preserve, and protect the simple experience of an interaction with a dolphin are many. To do so requires in-depth research, and thoughtful solutions designed to control or manage human and natural processes. Codes of conduct have been created around the world to achieve this goal, yet dolphins continue to trouble the human-nonhuman boundaries constructed by these management schemes.The two living entities in the network of relationships that is DHIM (Dolphin-Human Interaction Management), dolphins and humans, each bring certain elements to the interaction. My analysis seeks to provide more information to DHIM by carefully assessing the current representation of a key element – the agency of dolphins, that is, the choice of dolphins to act in this relationship.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2009
Pages 112
Publisher University of the Sunshine Coast
Location of Publication Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Department Arts and Social Sciences
Degree Social Sciences
URL http://research.usc.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/usc:11769
Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal roles
  3. Dolphins
  4. Human-animal interactions
  5. Hybrids
  6. interspecies exchange
  7. Mammals
  8. Nature